Title page for ETD etd-05292003-174219

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Byrd, Trevor Graydon
URN etd-05292003-174219
Title Self-Regulation in a Simultaneous, Multiple-Goal Environment.
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Donovan, John J. Committee Chair
Foti, Roseanne J. Committee Member
Hauenstein, Neil M. A. Committee Member
  • pooled time series
  • work motivation
  • goal revision
  • self-regulation
  • multiple goals
  • simultaneous goals
Date of Defense 2003-05-02
Availability unrestricted
The present study sought to extend goal-setting research by examining the nature of individuals’ self-regulation with respect to performance goals while pursuing multiple, simultaneous goals. It was proposed that goal revision and effort allocation would be influenced by goal-performance discrepancies (GPD), causal attributions for factors affecting performance, self-efficacy, and rate of progress toward task goals. Results indicated that GPDs predicted goal revision direction and magnitude, and that controllability attributions moderated the GPD – revision relation. GPD size determined prioritization between tasks, as did self-efficacy. Mixed results were found for self-efficacy moderating the relation between GPD size and task prioritization. Rate of progress toward a task goal generally predicted prioritization between tasks and the amount of exerted effort within a single task. Although many results were not in the anticipated form, they still fit with modern theoretical frameworks associated with work motivation. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
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